PEI Symphony Announces 2012-2013 Season
“Celebrate Your Symphony”
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The PEI Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the program for its’ upcoming 45th season, which includes a number of featured guests and highlights. The subscription series includes four concerts this year, three under the skilled direction of music director and conductor Dr. James Mark, and for the first time in years the PEI Symphony welcomes a guest conductor!
On October 14th 2012, the season starts with a storm with a new Canadian work entitled Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto featuring composer and piano soloist Peter Allen. As a concert pianist, Peter Allen is often heard on CBC regional and national radio and is well known to audiences in the Maritimes and throughout Canada for his captivating interpretations, and soulful artistry. Also on the program is the very popular New World Symphony by Dvorak and the Rackoczy March from The Damnation of Faust by Berlioz.
On November 25th, the orchestra is pleased to welcome rising PEI violin soloist Christina Bouey to perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, and excited to perform the dynamic and famous The Firebird by Stravinsky! The program also features the Overture to Hänsel und Gretel by Humperdinck and The Dolly Suite by Fauré.
For the first concert of 2013, on February 10th the PEI Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Mark Shapiro. His work has been praised by the New York Times for its “virtuosity and assurance,” which also remarked on its “uncommon polish,” and characterized by the New Jersey Star-Ledger as “erudite and far-reaching.” Shapiro is currently music director of the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra in New York, Artistic Director of Cantori New York, and principal guest conductor of the chamber orchestra Nova Sinfonia in Halifax whom he has led in performances of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Schubert, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky. This program will feature Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in e minor, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, and a new work by PEI composer Dr. Richard Covey.
Dr. Covey is the recent winner of the PEI Symphony’s Call For Scores competition. Earlier this year PEI resident composers were invited to submit works that demonstrate skills in writing for orchestra or large ensemble. From the submitted works, Dr. Covey was selected by jury, and commissioned to create a new work for the PEISO’s February 2013 concert!
The February program also features another rising PEI violin talent Adrian Irvine, who is the featured soloist for the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Bruch. Adrian was recently awarded the Suzanne Brenton Award which is given each year to deserving advanced students who have performed exceptionally in the PEI Kiwanis Provincial Music Festival.
For the final concert of the 2012-2013 subscription series, on April 14 the PEI Symphony Orchestra led by Dr. Mark will perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, the fun and popular Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns, and the world premiere of another new work by the PEISO’s Composer-in-Residence Jim O’Leary, which will feature international jazz recording artist, Paul Tynan.
PEISO Season Subscriptions are on sale now, and offer the bargain of 4 PEISO concerts for the price of 3. For subscription forms and more information call 892-4333. Tickets to individual concerts will go on sale at the Confederation Centre Box Office in mid-September.